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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Anyone drink protein shakes? I just started drinking them because I was not getting enough protein in my diet and I am unsure when to drink them. Should a protein shake be drank before or after a workout? I have the special K protein shakes with 10g protein and I know that protein helps rebuild muscle but I am not sure if it should be drank before or after a workout. I always eat before a workout and usually am not very hungry after a workout or at least its about 30 minutes to an hour before I start feeling hungry but not sure if I should drink protein shake after workout or when I get hungry or if I should drink it before my workout to help build muscle? Sorry about the rambling.

Oh and I wanted to add I am down 1.6 pounds of my 10 pound goal for may :-)
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  • HEATHER3477
    Thank you.
    1749 days ago
  • JENNJO322
    If you are weight lifting then it's good to repair the muscle with a protein shake after the workout. Otherwise as a meal replacment.
    1750 days ago
    A lot of that is up to personal choice! I see articles debating this all the time. The general consensus seems to be that for maximum effect in muscle building, you'd want to drink it mediately after strength training. A lot of the articles I read are geared towards body builders and people that compete. It's extreme tweaking for maximum benefit.

    If you are drinking them because you want to get more protein in general, it doesn't matter too much. Some people suggest before AND after so that your muscles get the nutrition throughout.

    Personally? I used to drink the Special K shakes for breakfast, and work out about 30 min later. I liked them because they are some of the better-tasting ones out there. I've since swapped to the Muscle Milk premixed shakes. They have more protein and fewer carbs than the Special K ones. They have less sugar, and the protein source for muscle milk is whey, not soy. Special K has soy in it, and the soy can mess with hormones, etc, especially in women with thyroid or PCoS problems. (cCookies n creme is my fav. Flavor!)

    Even though I feel like I get a pretty good workout every day, I don't think my 45 min is as strenuous as the exercising the people who suggest post-workout shakes do.

    I do keep some 100cal muscle milk EVOLVE shakes in the fridge as a snack if I feel like I need some extra protein, though. I've only really felt like I've needed one of those post-workout once or twice in the past six months, though. I usually keep those for afternoon snacks. I end up worrying a lot more about the extra calories than when I should drink it!

    This is all just based on my own personal experiences, though. What you want to do will depend a lot on your own personal fitness goals and your level of activity.
    1750 days ago
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